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Sunday, November 10, 2019

USMC Birthday ~ Marines I Know ~ Clouds/Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Hot Air Balloon Duel ~ Herb Roasted Bundt Pan Chicken ~ Marine Corps History 

Good 36º clear sky morning.

I remember learning the Marine Corps Hymn ("From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli") in grammar school. Do they even teach that anymore? Heck no! We also learned the "Official Song of the United States Army" ("As the caissons go rolling along..."), the Air Force Song ("Off we go into the wild blue yonder"), and the US Navy song ("Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh.")

The birth of the Marines at Tun Tavern.....

My Marines..... Jerry, Brian, and my Italian son Alex .....

And to all the other Marines I know...
Andy Nantz (Jerry USMC pal), Jon Austin (ret LASD), Terry Bonyea (ret LASD), Sally Harwell (ret LASD), Sid Heal (ret LASD), Rod Johnson (ret LASD), Bob St Claire (ret LASD), Bill Patterson (ret LASD),  Mel Nix, Lynn Crowell, and Rick & Wendy Harp's (Co Fire Capt on Catalina) sons.... And to all the Rogue Valley Marine Corps League... Semper Fi to all of you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY. 

"The motto of the Marine Corps is Semper Fidelis, Latin
for "always faithful". Until 1871 it was "First to Fight",
a motto that still applies. Through the years, Marines have
shortened it to Semper Fi, and "Semper Fi, Mac" is the universal Marine Greeting."

Yesterday the sky was red in the morning and more clouds moved in... 

We warmed to 72º for a very short time and then back down to the 60ºs......68º.

Picture of the Day .... to all the lucky people back east!

Interesting about a duel...

A duel of a very different kind was brought to the attention of the British public in 1808, with the news that two intrepid Frenchmen had faced one another in a competition to the death, using hot air balloons as their unlikely weapon of choice.
Discovering they shared, rather too closely, a mutual acquaintance, the pair resolved to settle the matter with a duel.
It involved two Frenchmen: Monsieur de Grandpré and Monsieur de Pique. Both had been secretly bedding Mademoiselle Tirevit, a renowned dancer at the Paris Opera. It transpired that, while she was being kept by de Grandpré, Mlle.Tirevit began seeing de Pique for on the side.
Being men of high standing, they felt a conventional duel was beneath them, and so conceived the idea of taking their duel to the skies. It was decided that two identical balloons would be constructed, and the protagonists, having reached a certain height above the ground, would attempt to shoot one another’s balloon out the sky.
The date was set for early May, and in front of a large crown in Paris’s Tuileries Gardens, Grandpré and Le Pique made their ascent. When a height of “around 900 yards” was achieved, a signal was given, and each was permitted to shoot. Le Pique fired his blunderbuss first, but missed the target. Grandpré took aim, and successfully managed to penetrate his opponent’s balloon. It began to deflate immediately, and in a matter of seconds plunged to the earth, killing both Le Pique and his unfortunate second, who had misguidedly joined Le Pique in the basket.
Grandpre safely made it back to the ground as the victor.

From Mr. Food
Herb Roasted Bundt Pan Chicken

You don't need a fancy rotisserie to make the best roasted chicken - all you need is a Bundt pan! Our Herb Roasted Bundt Pan Chicken is so moist and flavorful, you'll wonder why you've never tried roasting your chicken like this before. (We just love how the chicken picks up the flavors from the herbs and wine in the pan!)


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (4-pound) whole chicken
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Rub inside and outside of chicken with mixture.
  3. Slide tail end of chicken over hollow tube of a Bundt pan and place on baking sheet. Place onion, carrots, and thyme around chicken. Pour broth and wine into pan.
  4. Bake 75 to 90 minutes or until no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove chicken from Bundt pan and serve.

Historically this date........

1871 – Henry Morton Stanley locates missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika, famously greeting him with the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?".

1910 – The date of Thomas A. Davis' opening of the San Diego Army and Navy Academy, though the official founding date is November 23, 1910.

1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicates the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) in Arlington National Cemetery.

1969 – National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) in the United States debuts the children's television program Sesame Street.
.... a big deal. My Kristen was two and LOVED this show.... almost as much as her mother did!!!

2006 – The National Museum of the Marine Corps is opened and dedicated by U.S. President George W. Bush and announces that Marine Corporal Jason Dunham will receive the Medal of Honor in Quantico, Virginia.

And births this date include....
1895 – John Knudsen Northrop, American airplane manufacturer (d. 1981)

1924 – Russell Johnson, American actor (Gilligan's Island)
"The Professor" (d.2014) 

1925 – Richard Burton, Welsh actor (d. 1984)

1932 – Roy Scheider, American actor (d. 2008) 

1933 – Ronald Evans, American astronaut (d. 1990)

1959 – Mackenzie Phillips, American actress

1969 – Ellen Pompeo, American actress

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Happy Birthday Marines. Ciao.
I LOVE Marines.... I married one and gave birth to one!!!! 
xo Sue Mom Bobo

On November 10th, The United States Marine Corps Birthday commemorates the establishment of the Continental Marines. 
The United States Marine Corps, a branch of the United States Armed Forces, is responsible for providing power protection from the sea. They use the mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly. The Continental Congress first established the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775, leading up to the American Revolution. Two battalions of Marines fought for independence both on land and at sea. 
The birth of the U.S. Marine Corps began as a way to augment naval forces in the Revolutionary War.
The recruiting headquarters was in the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which is considered to be the birthplace of the Marines.
The Corps was abolished at the end of the Revolutionary War. However, on July 11, 1798, Congress ordered the creation of the Corps. Congress named it the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and directed that it be available for service under the Secretary of the Navy.

Marine Corps Presence
The USMC shares many resources with the other branches of the United States military. However, the Corps has sought to maintain its own identity with regards to mission, funding, and assets while utilizing the support available from the larger military branches. Despite having fewer installations than other branches, the Marine Corps maintains a presence on many Army posts, Naval stations, and Air Force bases.
In his birthday greeting more than 70 years ago, General Alexander Vandegrift, our 18th Commandant noted that “A birthday is a fitting time to peer backward – and forward.” That year, Marines reflected on an extraordinary year in combat during their amphibious drive across the Pacific. Despite the challenges and the horrific conditions, Marines prevailed at Guam, Saipan, and Peleliu. On 10 November 1944, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishment – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.
In 2004, 20,000 Marines deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq – many Marines celebrated the birthday in places like Fallujah, Ramadi, and Al Qaim while decisively engaged in combat. That year, Marines also responded to the crisis in the Pacific following a tsunami claiming the lives of more than 200,000 people. On 10 November 2004, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishments – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.
Some things change.  Marines adapt. Their organization, training, and equipment change to the operating environment. However, some things remain the same. Marines continue to attack challenges with the same courage, commitment, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and adaptability as their predecessors in Peleliu and Fallujah. On 10 November 2014, Marines looked back with pride on our accomplishments- confident in our ability to meet future challenges.


If you know a Marine, thank them for their service. Attend Marine Corps Birthday celebrations. 


In 1921, General John Archer Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, initiated the tradition of publishing a reminder of honorable service to all Marine commands on the anniversary of the Corps’ birth.
Since then, the United States Marine Corps members have honored the establishment of their military branch every year by republishing General Lejeune’s reminder. Gradually,  they added balls and banquets to the birthday celebration.
The first formal dance took place in 1923 at the Ft. Mifflin Marine Barracks in Pennsylvania. Other events include mock battles, sporting events, and races.
In 1925, the historic Benjamin Franklin Hotel hosted the first formal Marine Ball. The ball honored the 150th birthday of the Marine Corp. General Lejeune and Secretary of War Dwight Davis attended.
Commandant, General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. brought even more tradition to the warriors, always faithful and always loyal to each other, their country and their traditions. Beginning in 1952, the formal cake cutting ceremony began. During the ceremony, the first piece goes to the oldest Marine present and the second piece to the youngest. This tradition is still practiced today.